Unsafe SUVs … When Are We Going to Learn?

Dear Editor,
I am deeply saddened by the event which took the lives of two
Renvilles. I am also angry about the needless and senseless nature
of the horrifying number of single vehicle rollover accidents in
many popular SUVs of our day.
Dear Editor,

I am deeply saddened by the event which took the lives of two Renvilles. I am also angry about the needless and senseless nature of the horrifying number of single vehicle rollover accidents in many popular SUVs of our day.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, SUVs have a rollover rate that is two to three times that of passenger cars. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance-industry-sponsored research organization, SUVs and pickup trucks are disproportionately more likely than cars to be in fatal single-vehicle crashes, especially rollovers.” [ Consumer Reports, February 2005 ]

Many people have purchased SUVs partly out of a belief that they are somehow safer than more traditional vehicles. The facts are quite contrary to this belief. Traditional sedans would almost never rollover as a consequence of black ice.

Hopefully publicity of these tragedies will lead to more people making smarter choices. I remember clearly as a youth that nobody wore seatbelts; and that throwing the kids loose into the back of the station wagon for a long trip was standard procedure. Now we look back on such habits and say “what were they thinking?”

I hope that soon we will look back on the period of SUV buying frenzy with the same bewilderment.

John Horner, Morgan Hill

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